Fliza Hussain M.D. writes a post on Mayo Clinic website about the misconceptions that the media can place on mental illness. And due to it’s world wide influence, it “teaches” people about mental illness in their societies. Dr. Hussain also goes over the top 6 misconceptions on how individuals with mental illness are treated for their condition and then debunks them:
- Detaining patients
- Shock Therapy
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There are plenty of ways to reduce or even end stigma. You could take part in a mental health run or walk, join (and become an active member) a mental health organization, set up a presentation in school, church or some form of a community center, join a mental health club in your school or even write a blog! Whichever form of advocacy you choose to take, it will be for the good cause of creating a safe and welcoming environment for all!